For our 3 to 5 year olds the routine is slightly different as it is geared towards school readiness. Although learning through play is still an integral part of what we do with the pre-schoolers, evaluations and focussed activities around the following areas are important:
Literacy – Mathematics – Understanding the World – Expressive Arts and Design
The nursery's Pre-School is expertly run by our Head of Pre School, Karina who has been with the setting since 2010. Having gained her BTEC National Diploma in Early Years an Fda in Community and Family Support and working towards gaining her full BA honours Karina is passionate about the achievement and engagement of her 3 and 4 year olds. Working in close partnership with the parents and families of the children in her group to ensure the best teaching and learning strategies Karina prides herself on ensuring school readiness in her class room like environment.
At an extremely inquisitive age, our Pre-School group are encouraged to be forward thinkers who ask questions and seek knowledge. With a strong ethos for education and learning filtered down from Liz the nursery manager whose qualified teacher status plays a big role in supporting Karina's teaching methods the planning is always inclusive, effective and innovative.
PRE-SCHOOL ROUTINE-3 – 5 years old
(please note all times are approximate)
7:30am-9:00am- Breakfast time
As children tend to arrive during this time, breakfast is ongoing up until 9:00am. Once the children have eaten, they are free to help themselves to the resources available to play with in the room.
9:15am-9:45am – Circle Time
This is an opportunity for children and practitioners to start each day with discussion about what the plan will be for the day. Pre-schoolers are encouraged to discuss the days of the week, using the pre-school calendar, the weather and their emotions.
9:45am-9:55am-Morning Planned Activity
Areas of interest may include:
- People from around the world
- Pencil control and name writing
- ‘Who are we’
- Nature, plants and the great outdoors.
9:55am-10:20am-Tidy up, toilet and snack
10:20am – 10:45am -Action songs- musical instruments
We realise that movement and physical fitness is an important part of child development therefore we ensure that we incorporate this every day.
10:45am- 10:55am – Tidy away and prepare for dinner time
At pre-school age the children are taught about the importance of maintaining a clean and safe environment. The children are active participants in their tidy up time which is made a fun and enjoyable experience. The opportunity for mathematical learning games are also provided here as the pre-school children discuss numbers, quantities and pairing.
11:00am – 11:45am – Dinner time
All of our meals are prepared on site by our fully trained and qualified nursery cook. We meet the cultural, religious and dietary needs for all of our children and you are informed at the end of each day what your child has had.
12:00pm – 2:00pm – Wind down and rest time
Rest is vital for all children, and although all children may not want to sleep during this time, the opportunity to wind down and relax is provided in the room. If children feel drowsy at any other times throughout the day then they are free to go to the rest area on the beanbags and take time out.
2:15pm – 3:00pm – Afternoon Planned Activity
3:00pm – 3:30pm – Tea Time
3:30pm – 4:00pm – Free play
Free play is always facilitated by our practitioners and we ensure that it is child initiated.
4:00pm – 4:30pm – Numbers time Focus on number activities
We have this activity with the children, indoors, outdoors, seated at the table, on the carpet.
4:30pm – 4:55pm – Colours time
Focus on colour recognition, grouping, pairing, and matching.
5:00pm – 5:15pm – Afternoon snack
5:15pm – 6:00pm – Home time